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| Governor's Office

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination.

01/06/2021

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.

01/05/2021
Governor's Office

Newest $100 million grant round prioritized industries with disproportionate impacts such as restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues.

01/02/2021
Commerce

On December 31, 2020, an individual incarcerated at Washington State Penitentiary passed away at a local healthcare facility due to COVID-19 related illness. The individual’s next of kin and/or attorney has been provided notification of the individual’s passing.

01/02/2021
Department of Corrections

Gov. Jay Inslee formally issued an extension of the eviction moratorium, extending all existing provisions and making adjustments to provide additional support for landlords and property owners. The governor initially announced the extension last week.

01/01/2021
Governor's Office

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued an emergency liquor license suspension for Koko’s Bartini due to repeated public safety violations of state COVID-19 guidelines. On December 29, the LCB notified Koko’s that unless they chose to comply with state guidelines within 24 hours, the 180-day suspension would be in effect and any liquor sales after that time would not be legal. Evidence shows they were open for indoor service on the evening of Dec. 30, thereby activating the 180-day suspension.

01/01/2021
LCB

Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Eastern State Hospital near Spokane on Monday, December 28 and staff deemed to be at the highest risk of exposure will begin being vaccinated today.

12/31/2020
DSHS

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH, por su sigla en inglés) continúa avanzando en sus iniciativas (solo en inglés) para la distribución y administración de la vacuna contra la COVID-19.

12/31/2020

On December 26, 2020, an individual incarcerated at Airway Heights Corrections Center passed away at a local healthcare facility due to COVID-19 related illness.

12/31/2020
Department of Corrections

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated Washington’s 1A vaccine allocation guidance yesterday. We have worked closely with Gov. Inslee and his team and Dr. Umair A. Shah, the Secretary of Health, to review and update COVID-19 vaccine related matters in Washington.

12/31/2020

A third patient at Western State Hospital has died due to COVID-19, the Department of Social and Health Services announced. 

12/31/2020
DSHS

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

12/31/2020

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH, por su sigla en inglés) actualizó ayer las pautas de distribución de la vacunación en la fase 1A en Washington (solo en inglés). Hemos trabajado en estrecha colaboración con el gobernador Inslee y su equipo, y el Dr. Umair A.

12/31/2020

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that music travel company Voyageurs International must pay more than $464,000 for full refunds to 235 Washington students who signed up for the company’s 2020 European tours.

12/30/2020
Washington Attorney General's Office